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  • Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

    Anyone remember the Blue flame.....this rocket was powered by LNG

    May be we can build a newer one and get a few sponsors to break a record.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Flame_(car)

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    Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

    I totally remember the blue flame. When I was a kid I had a Hotwheels version of that car and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

    Also, there already is modern CNG land speed car. It has a 572ci turbocharged V8, runs on CNG and has hit 324mph on the Bonneville salt flats. That's about three times as fast anyone I know has gone in a CNG Cavalier. (It can be easy to get carried away out in the desert between CA and UT)

    Here's the link to the CNG land speed car:
    http://lessmanracing.com/
    www.CNGUtah.com

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      Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

      I had the hot wheel as well and remember seeing it on TV when they set the record. Along with evil kenevil jumps and the 1st space shuttle piggy back flight. The 70's were fun. Look at the CNG racing post. A guy is promoting cng at NHRA
      Last edited by camryman; 12-16-2008, 10:10 PM.

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        Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

        You can still see the Blue Flame. It's on permanent display at the Sinsheim Technik Museum in Germany. About halfway between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Plan on spending several hours there.

        On a similar vein, I like the video of the NASA test of a methane rocket.

        http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...thaneblast.htm
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          Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

          That's a Awesome rocket I'm glad I started this thread

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            Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

            Originally posted by nttrainer View Post
            You can still see the Blue Flame. It's on permanent display at the Sinsheim Technik Museum in Germany. About halfway between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Plan on spending several hours there.

            On a similar vein, I like the video of the NASA test of a methane rocket.

            http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...thaneblast.htm
            Too bad Honda doesn't offer a "methane rocket" option for the GX - I would have gone for it.
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              Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

              Nobody has mentioned the Chrysler Patriot yet. LNG fueled, turbine powered, kinetic energy via a flywheel, electric powered to the wheels. All wrapped up in an Lemans body shell. I saw it at the Chrysler Research facility in Windsor, Ontario in 1996. It is now in "storage" in Auburn Hills, Mi.

              http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/08...m-the-mid-90s/

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                Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

                When I first saw that rocket test video clip I thought it was a short test, maybe a couple of minutes. If you look at the first of the clip the sun is still up and the shadows are clearly visible. It's a little closer to dusk during the next shot and then at the end the sun is down and it's almost dark. The test must have run for an hour or more.
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                  Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

                  Anyone want to build a LNG rocket And break the world speed record?

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                    Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

                    I had Craig Breedlove's aunt for a teacher in the second grade in Missouri. He was the driver of the Blue Flame and all the boys had that Hot Wheels car.

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                      Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

                      Originally posted by Insight View Post
                      I had Craig Breedlove's aunt for a teacher in the second grade in Missouri. He was the driver of the Blue Flame and all the boys had that Hot Wheels car.
                      Actually, Craig Breedlove drove the Spirit of America (several of them).
                      Gary Gabelich drove the Blue Flame.
                      Sounds like Craig's aunt was blowing some hot air.

                      I remember Craig was attempting to break the sound barrier at the same time as the British Thrust team.
                      Craig had a couple of crashes and the British team broke the barrier first. They had a memorable quote for Craig (paraphrasing):

                      "Well, you weren't the first to break the speed of sound but there's still the speed of light".

                      Craig finally hung in up in 2006 and sold his land speed record cars to Steve Fossett. Fossett died in a plane crash the next year.
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                        Re: Blue Flame Land speed record powered by LNG

                        Thought I would join this forum to make a post regarding the Blueflame Rocket car.
                        I worked on this car as an ignition specialist. At the time I worked for Motorola underhood division. We developed capacitive discharge ignition systems for several automobile manufacturers and were approached to develop a backup ignition system for the Blueflame. It became my project and I worked closely with the folks at IGT throughout the year. The ignition system was probably not needed, but it was there, doing its job, providing a spark just in case.
                        I didn't see it set the record but I was there for a week, an awesome week.
                        I was also at the week of testing at the Great lakes Drag strip near Chicago. How I wish I had a camera then. I could have taken some truly incredible night shots of the tiger tail against the sun setting. The roar of the fully powered test was something I will never forget.

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